Monday, May 21, 2012
MATT IS HOME
Over the many years that Gary and I have lived in the Lawton/Ft. Sill community, we have attended MANY deployment and redeployment ceremonies. With each one, a tear always finds its way, trickling down my cheek, when the National Anthem is played and we witness the tearful goodbyes or the joyous reunions of families and friends of soldiers. My heart however, has never truly grasped the depth of those emotions until I stood in the stands waiting for our son to walk through the doors after a year in Afghanistan.
The anticipation building with every moment was electrifying.
I remember 6 years ago watching my son's expression as the doors opened to the sanctuary and he saw his bride walk through the doors. It was a picture that could only be captured through the lens of my heart. It was priceless. Equal to that photograph in my mind is the snapshot that I took when I saw Lisa's face as she watched with giddy anticipation for her soldier to walk through the doors at the SEC of Ft. Carson.
Then the music started and the booming lyrics of "I'm Proud To Be An American" began and the tears began to flow. I have reflected on that moment Two soldiers, among many, were being reunited. One had fought on the battlefield for my freedom, and the other had fought on the battlefield of the homefront to preserve the peace and freedom of my son's heart. I'm so grateful!
HE'S HOME! Thank you all for the many prayers you have prayed over the past year for Matt and Lisa!